Norfolk’s ‘gem’named Britain’s second-most sought after seaside town

The fishing boats pulled up on the beach at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The fishing boats pulled up on the beach at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

It's famous for its pier, its beaches and its crab, and now Cromer has been named the second most in-demand seaside town in the country.

The historic Cromer Pier. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The historic Cromer Pier. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

More people have been searching for property in the north Norfolk hotspot through the website Rightmove than any other coastal spot in Britain - bar one.

Only St Ives in Cornwall attracted more searches on the property portal.

Miles Shipside, a property expert from Rightmove, said: 'The lure of a sea view and the proximity to the vibrancy of open water is a massive draw for many home movers.

'This research not only reaffirms that, but reveals buyers' favourites, too. There is a strong southern bias as sea is perhaps, in some people's minds, enjoyed more with better weather.

Cromer beach. Picture: Marcus Hickling.

Cromer beach. Picture: Marcus Hickling. - Credit: Archant


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'Other amenities and transport links are important elements too, plus a community spirit."

Cromer, known as the 'gem of the north Norfolk coast' has long been a popular holiday spot, with ever more people wanting to make the move there for good.

MORE: Tourism, second homes, and 'England in the 1960s' - what people really think of CromerAnd although buying property in Cromer remains out of reach for many, the town is, at least, much more affordable than St Ives.

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According to Rightmove, the average asking price in Cromer was £223,393, compared to an average of £396,619 in St Ives.

Lovely view down Bond Street in Cromer. Picture: Maria Brussel

Lovely view down Bond Street in Cromer. Picture: Maria Brussel - Credit: Archant

Property prices in Cromer have risen 26pc over the past five years, whereas in St Ives they have risen by 29pc.

The company listed the next-most in demand seaside towns as Cowes, Penzance, Newhaven and Whitby.

Church Street in Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Church Street in Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

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